On This Day, In 1974 Lee Trevino wins the Greater New Orleans Open by incredibly not making a single bogey in the 72 holes of the event. He birdied four of the first six holes en route to a final-round 65 to beat runners-up Ben Crenshaw and Bobby Cole by eight shots.
Trevino and Cole started the final round even, at 14 under par. Trevino, playing in the second‐to‐last three‐some, birdied the second hole with an 8‐foot putt and the third hole with a 10‐footer. bogey-less
Cole, in the last threesome, bogeyed No. 4 to slip to 13 under, three shots back of Trevino. Then Trevino birdied the fifth and sixth holes on putts of 8 and 4 feet. After that, it was no contest.
Trevino started the incoming nine by holing a 20‐foot putt for a birdie on No. 10. On the 530‐yard 15th hole, a par 5, he hit the green with a No. 4 iron (25 feet from the cup) and got down in two putts for another birdie. His last birdie came on the par‐3 17th, where he rolled in a 15‐foot putt.
Cole shot a 73 and let Crenshaw catch him with a 70. Crenshaw came out of nowhere yesterday with a 64 that put him in contention, and today he nicked two more strokes off par. Cole had to work hard for the second‐place tie.
Crenshaw scored a routine par 4 on the 18th, but Cole overshot the green and had to chip back. The chip left him with a tricky 2‐foot putt that he sank.
Trevino said he had not “hit the ball so solid” for four rounds since he won the United States Open in 1968. His 72‐hole total of 267 was three shots better than his previous best, which came in the 1972 Hartford open.